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Hiddink signs two year deal with KNVB

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Voetbal International tonight report that the KNVB are ready to officially announce Guus Hiddink as Netherlands head coach later this week. He will become Louis van Gaal’s successor after this summer’s World Cup finals and he has signed a two-year contract. This will see Hiddink lead the Oranje into the Euro 2016 qualifiers and finals.

Hiddink will be joined by former Oranje stars, 37-year-old Ruud van Nistelrooy and 51-year-old Danny Blind in his backroom staff. Already, the intentions have been mentioned that Danny Blind has been mooted as Hiddink’s successor after he steps down after the European Championships.

The 60-year-old had also requested to be joined by Jaap Stam but the former Oranje defender declined the offer. An attempt to lure Jan Wouters into the coaching team has been declined by his employer, FC Utrecht.

It is understood that Frans Hoek will complete Hiddink’s team as a goalkeeping coach. With all the young talent that current Oranje coach Van Gaal has brought into the fold over the last two years, it is a mouth-watering prospect to think that Guus Hiddink will lead them into the future.

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Hiddink to return as Oranje coach in summer

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Guus Hiddink stated last night that he and the KNVB have agreed a deal to take over the Netherlands national team once again after the World Cup this summer and will compile an all-star cast to help him.

Hiddink is set to replace Louis van Gaal after the World Cup in Brazil, as Van Gaal has already announced he will step down after the tournament. Hiddink returns after already having a previous four year tenure with Holland in 1994-1998, leading a young Dutch squad to the semi-finals of the 1998 World Cup finals in France, where they lost a penalty shootout to Brazil. One of the Dutchman’s greatest achievements in international football was leading South Korea to an unanticipated semi-final berth in the 2002 World Cup finals.

The Dutchman has not been involved in club management since leaving Russian Premier League side Anzhi Makhachkala last year. Hiddink as of late, has been acting as an advisor at PSV Eindhoven, where he is held in high regard at the club, helping Phillip Cocu lead the team to four wins in their last four outings.

The 67-year-old is set to amass all former Dutch internationals as his staff below him to lead the Oranje into the Euro 2016 qualifiers.

Speaking to NOS Sport, Hiddink said: “I am working with the KNVB to create a great coaching line-up around me and we will need a few days or maybe a couple of weeks to compile such a team.

“They will be a great team. I will not be a free-wheeling coach. When I do something, I want to do it as well to my ability, otherwise I would not choose to do it.”

The return of Hiddink leading the national squad again is a mouth-watering prospect especially with all the young talent that Van Gaal has brought in over the past few years in charge. The future definitely looks good for the Oranje.

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In a 33 man squad, RVP & Huntelaar return for France clash

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Oranje coach Louis van Gaal has named a huge 33-man provisional squad for the Netherlands’ friendly match with France on March 5th in Paris. The friendly with France is the first of four warm-up games for the Dutch ahead of this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.

Dutch captain Robin van Persie returns after having missed his country’s last two friendlies through injury.

Also recalled is Schalke striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who has only recently made his comeback after a knee injury. The 30-year-old striker had spent five months on the sidelines but has scored two goals in four league appearances for the Bundesliga side since returning to action after the winter break.

Van Gaal has also announced six players to his squad who could win their first cap including dangerous winger Jean-Paul Boëtius, who has been in great form over the past few months for Feyenoord and could receive his first cap in Paris. Other possible debutants in the squad include PSV pair Karim Rekik and goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet, FC Twente’s Quincy Promes, Vitesse’s Davy Pröpper and Ajax’s Davy Klaassen.

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GOALKEEPERS: Jasper CILLESSEN (Ajax), Tim KRUL (Newcastle United), Maarten STEKELENBURG (Fulham), Kenneth VERMEER (Ajax), Michel VORM (Swansea City), Jeroen ZOET (PSV).

DEFENDERS: Daley BLIND (Ajax), Jeffrey BRUMA (PSV), Stefan DE VRIJ (Feyenoord), Bruno MARTINS INDI (Feyenoord), Daryl JANMAAT (Feyenoord), Karim REKIK (PSV), Gregory VAN DER WIEL (Paris Saint-Germain), Joel VELTMAN (Ajax), Paul VERHAEGH (FC Augsburg), Ron VLAAR (Aston Villa).

MIDFIELDERS: Jordy CLASIE (Feyenoord), Nigel DE JONG (AC Milan), Siem DE JONG (Ajax), Leroy FER (Norwich City), Davy KLAASSEN (Ajax), Davy PROPPER (Vitesse), Stijn SCHAARS (PSV), Wesley SNEIJDER (Galatasaray), Kevin STROOTMAN (AS Roma).

FORWARDS: Jean-Paul BOETIUS (Feyenoord), Memphis DEPAY (PSV), Klaas-Jan HUNTELAAR (Schalke), Dirk KUYT (Fenerbahçe), Luciano NARSINGH (PSV), Quincy PROMES (FC Twente), Arjen ROBBEN (Bayern Munich), Robin VAN PERSIE (Manchester United).

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WORLD CUP: Oranje held by Estonia

ESTONIA 2 (Vassiljev 18, 57)

NETHERLANDS 2 (Robben 2, Van Persie 90+4 P)

It was an uncharacteristic performance from Louis van Gaal’s boys, as they rescued their unbeaten record in World Cup qualifying with an injury-time penalty kick to secure a 2-2 draw with underdogs Estonia.

Amkar Perm attacking midfielder Konstantin Vassiljev struck twice for the home side and looked to have sealed a memorable victory for the Estonians. However, the Dutch have previously won all six of their matches in Group D of the UEFA qualification section, but they had to rely on a controversial Robin van Persie penalty to gain a point.

Dangerman Arjen Robben broke the deadlock with his 19th goal for his country. The Bayern Munich winger curled his effort beyond the reach of goalkeeper Sergei Pareiko from inside the penalty area.

The Oranje lead only lasted 15 minutes as Vassiljev broke through a weak challenge 25 yards from goal and sent a low shot past Swansea ‘keeper Michel Vorm. The Estonian then doubled his and his teams tally with a cute lob just before the hour, as he met a perfect through ball from Joel Lindpere and lifted the ball over Vorm.

However, Manchester United hitman Robin van Persie broke Estonian hearts after winning a penalty from what appeared to be a good challenge from Raio Piiroja. The defender received a second yellow card and RVP converted the spot kick.

Tuesday sees Van Gaal’s side to have the chance to redeem themselves against Andorra, and the Dutch fans will be expecting a much improved performance.

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PSV pair picked by Van Gaal

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PSV Eindhoven’s young centre back duo, Jeffrey Bruma and Karim Rekik, have been called up by Louis van Gaal for the Oranje’s two World Cup qualifiers next month. The pair featured in Tuesday’s Champions League’s 1-1 draw with PSV and AC Milan.

It is the first time that Rekik has received a call up, joining PSV on loan from Manchester City. while Bruma, who already has four international caps, has been selected for the first time under Van Gaal’s leadership.

Eighteen-year-old Rekik and the 21-year-old Bruma are part of Philip Cocu’s youthful PSV side who have took the Eredivisie by storm this season, winning all three games of the year so far.

However, the 22-man squad for the two away World Cup qualifiers against Estonia in Tallinn on September 6th and Andorra on September 10th, announced by the KNVB on Wednesday, is again without Galatasaray midfielder Wesley Sneijder, who was surprisingly dropped for friendly against Portugal earlier this month.

Van Gaal stated then that he felt that Sneijder was not fit enough. Schalke striker Klaas Jan Huntelaar, Swansea City’s Jonathan de Guzman and AS Roma’s Kevin Strootman all miss out of the squad selection with injuries.

The Dutch are seven points clear in Group D and will qualify for Brazil if they win these next two games.

Oranje squad to play Estonia & Andorra in World Cup Qualifiers

Goalkeepers: Kenneth Vermeer (Ajax), Michel Vorm (Swansea City)

Defenders: Ricardo van Rhijn (Ajax), Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa), Daley Blind (Ajax), Jeffrey Bruma (PSV), Bruno Martins Indi (Feyenoord), Joris Mathijsen (Feyenoord), Karim Rekik (PSV), Paul Verhaegh (FC Augsburg), Stefan de Vrij (Feyenoord)

Midfielders: Jordy Clasie (Feyenoord), Marco van Ginkel (Chelsea), Rafael van der Vaart (HSV), Georginio Wijnaldum (PSV), Stijn Schaars (PSV).

Forwards: Dirk Kuyt (Fenerbahce), Jeremain Lens (Dynamo Kiev), Robin van Persie (Manchester United), Ruben Schaken (Feyenoord), Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich), Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Norwich City).

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Ronaldo spoils Dutch hopes

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Cristiano Ronaldo saved Portugal from a defeat to the Oranje as he scored the an 87th minute equaliser in a 1-1 draw.

The Real Madrid winger’s late goal erupted the crowd at the Estadio Algarve on Wednesday night, and cancelled out Roma midfielder’s Kevin Strootman first-half opener.

Despite being stripped of the win, it was a good result for Louis Van Gaal’s side. Missing in action was Wesley Sneijder, who was recently stripped of the captaincy due to the coach’s concern over the Galatasaray man’s fitness.

Feyenoord defender Bruno Martins Indi was handed a start against the country of his birth, alongside a young defence of team-mate Stefan de Vrij, Ajax’s Daley Blind and Paul Verhaegh who plies his trade in Germany with Augsburg. Van Gaal started with a three man midfield of Strootman, Hamburg’s Rafael van der Vaart and PSV’s Georginio Wijnaldum. Up top, we saw the trio of Robin van Persie, Jeremain Lens and Arjen Robbin with goalkeeper Michel Vorm starting inbetween the sticks.

Portugal named a strong eleven, with Ronaldo leading the line alongside Danny and Helder Postiga and it was the Portuguese who created the first chance of the game inside the opening minutes. Ronaldo rose above everyone to nod a tame effort from a Ruben Amorim cross straight at Vorm.

The Oranje scored the opening goal on 17 minutes, new Dynamo Kiev winger Lens found his former PSV team-mate Strootman on the edge of the penalty box and he sent a low drive catching out goalkeeper Beto at his near post.

The hosts pressed for an equaliser and should have score on 29 minutes. Danny picked out Ruben Micael at the far post, only for the midfielder to direct his effort wide from ten yards.

In the second half, the Netherlands did little to trouble the Portuguese goal, and RVP, who was quiet throughout, found himself hauled off on the hour mark. In comparison, Ronaldo stole the show and was in a buoyant mood, and he was very nearly rewarded for his play after 63 minutes, hitting a long-range strike towards the goal, put Vorm saved well.

After midfielder Miguel Veloso hit the crossbar, it was Ronaldo again that came to the rescue. Three minutes to go, Dutch dreams of a win were crushed with Ronaldo finishing from close range colleting the ball from a deflected Veloso corner.

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New faces in Jong Oranje camp

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New Jong Oranje coach Albert Stuivenberg has selected  to the squad for the friendly against the Czech Republic on Wednesday in Prague.

Two new goalkeepers have been called up Warner Hahn of FC Dordrecht and FC Groningen’s Stefan van der Lei. PSV right-back Joshua Brenet, also gains first call after some impressive performances for the Eindhoven club so far this season.

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Old acquaintances also join the 22 man squad like Adam Maher, Tonny Vilhena and Mike van der Hoorn.

Jong Orange squad to play Czech Republic on Wednesday 14th August

Goalkeepers: Stefan van der Lei (FC Groningen), Warner Hahn (FC Dordrecht),

Defenders: Joshua Brenet (PSV Eindhoven), Jetro Willems (PSV Eindhoven), Karim Rekik (PSV Eindhoven), Ruben Ligeon (Ajax), Stefano Denswil (Ajax), Mike van der Hoorn (Ajax), Timo Letschert (FC Groningen), Mitchell Dijk (SC Heerenveen)

Midfielders: Adam Maher (PSV Eindhoven), Thomas Bruns (Heracles Almelo), Guus Huppert (Roda JC), Joeri de Kamps (Ajax), Kevin Jansen (ADO Den Haag), Tonny Vilhena (Feyenoord),

Attack: Jürgen Locadia (PSV Eindhoven), Memphis Depay (PSV Eindhoven), Quincy Promes (FC Twente), Luc Castaignos (FC Twente), Luciano Slagveer (SC Heerenveen), Hakim Ziyech (SC Heerenveen)

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Van Gaal tells Sneijder to shape up

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Netherlands national team coach Louis van Gaal has once again stated that Dutch veteran Wesley Sneijder needs to “get in shape” before he is considered a recall to the Oranje squad.

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Van Gaal backed up his decision to omit the Galatasaray midfielder from his initial squad for next week’s friendly against Portugal by also leaving him out of his trimmed party today.

Sneijder was immediately vocal on his dissatisfaction at Van Gaal’s decision last week in the media but the coach unmoved. In a press conference yesterday, he said: “He is not out of sight, but he must first get in shape. Then he will probably play with his qualities.”

Augsburg full-back Paul Verhaegh (pictured above) has been confirmed in the squad as he survived the cut to take his spot for the first time. Stijn Schaars and Georginio Wijnaldum, neither of whom were included by Van Gaal last week also join him.

PSV’s Adam Maher, Ajax pair Siem de Jong and Ricardo van Rhijn, and Feyenoord duo Jordy Clasie and Tonny Vilhena have dropped out for the clash in Faro next Wednesday.

Oranje squad to play Portugal on Wednesday 14th August

Goalkeepers: Jasper Cillessen (Ajax), Kenneth Vermeer (Ajax), Michel Vorm (Swansea City)

Defenders: Danny Blind (Ajax), Daryl Janmaat (Feyenoord), Bruno Martins Indi (Feyenoord), Joris Mathijsen (Feyenoord), Paul Verhaegh (Augsburg), Ron Vlaar (Feyenoord), Stefan de Vrij (Feyenoord)

Midfielders: Marco Van Ginkel (Chelsea), Jonathan De Guzman (Swansea City), Stijn Schaars (PSV Eindhoven), Ruben Schaken (Feyenoord), Kevin Strootman (AS Roma), Rafael van der Vaart (Hamburg), Georginio Wijnaldum (PSV Eindhoven)

Forwards: Klass-Jan Huntelaar (Schalke), Dirk Kuyt (Fenerbache), Jeremain Lens (Dynamo Kiev), Robin van Persie (Manchester United), Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich)

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FRIENDLY: Oranje easily crack ten-men China

CHINA 0

NETHERLANDS 2 (Van Persie 11, Snejder 66)

The Oranje strolled to a 2-0 win at ease against ten-man China in their second leg of the Far East tour.

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie’s early penalty and a delightful goal by Wesley Sneijder were enough for Louis van Gaal’s men to proceed their win over Indonesia on Friday.

Robin van Persie and teammates celebrate the opening goal

China played some good football in parts and particularly as they played almost 80 minutes a man down following Qin Sheng’s 12th minute dismissal. The Dutch were a constant threat and after Zheng Zhi missing a glorious headed chance for China, the visitors took the lead in just 11 minutes.

PSV attacker Jeremain Lens cut the ball back to Arjen Robben, who was taken down in the penalty area by Zhang Lin Peng and RVP slammed the spot-kick home, with goalkeeper Zeng Cheng diving the wrong way.

The sending off came soon after as Qin’s eighth international appearance ended in the 13th minute, the midfielder dismissed for a studs-up lunge at Swansea City midfielder Jonathan De Guzman. The referee made no hesitations and showed the Chinese talisman the red card.

The Dutch missed some chances of their own, Robben firing into the side-netting before Van Persie glanced Lens’ superb cross wide when he should have scored. China’s last opportunity before half-time was wasted by Zheng’s woeful free-kick and the whistle went for the break with no addition to the score.

Van Gaal sent on Sneijder among the triple substitutions and his team started the second half on the attack, Robben almost immediately hitting the bar. Sneijder and Lens shot wide and Van Persie saw one effort saved by Zeng before sending another over the top from close range.

Half of the stadium thought China had grabbed a shock equaliser when Yu Hanchao’s low shot, following neat build-up play, went through Erik Pieters’ legs and wriggled under goalkeeper Michel Vorm’s hand but the Swansea City number one recovered to scrape it away.

Sneijder made it 2-0, though, with a skilful backheel after combining with Van Persie and Robben to create the chance. Dirk Kuyt came on and threatened instantly but his weak shot was saved comfortably by Zeng.

There was no more goals but Feng Xiaoting escaped conceding a penalty after losing possession and tangling with Kuyt, who appeared to unbalance himself by unintentionally kicking the defender’s leg.

Another win for the Dutch which wraps up the tour of Asia and now the players can finally hit the beaches for a well deserved break before they travel to Estonia on 6th September in a World Cup qualifier.

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FRIENDLY: Dutch struggle to defeat Indonesia

INDONESIA 0

NETHERLANDS 3 (de Jong 57, 67, Robben 90)

The Oranje began their tour of Asia with a 3-0 win over Indonesia in a packed stadium in Jakarta.

It was a lethargic start for Louis van Gaal’s side whom picked their game up in the second half to earn a 3-0 victory with Siem de Jong bagging two of the goals.

The Dutch almost got off to a perfect start in their first attack but Wesley Sneijder was deemed offside after finding the net.

Having survived that initial scare, the hard-working Indonesia settled in nicely. They kept the dangerous Dutch attack out from creating opportunities. The hosts’ goalkeeper Kurnia Meiga, kept Holland at bay with every first-half chance that was generated got handled with relative ease.

Jeremain Lens suffered an early injury and was replaced

The Dutch were hampered with the injury of PSV’s Jeremain Lens. The wide striker picked up a knock and was replaced by Arjen Robben after just 14 minutes. He is a doubt for the next friendly against China.

Van Gaal modified the team at half-time which included the exit of Van Persie, which seemed to spark the favourites and in turn, his team finally grabbed the lead just before the hour.

In the 57th minute a De Jong header from the goal after some excellent work from Feyenoord’s Ruben Schaken. The winger did well to track down a loose ball and delivered a pinpoint cross, which de Jong directed back across goal and Meiga was unable to stop it. This was the Ajax man’s first international goal for Oranje.

De Jong grabbed his second goal ten minutes later finishing a lovely move by the Dutch. The impressive Robben sent it a curling cross and Schaken flicked onto De Jong to head home again.

Robben added a third in the final minute before injury time to make the scoreline look a lot like the display that was except from the Netherlands. That being said, apart from the Lens injury, the Oranje will be happy to take their victory onto China for the next leg of the Asian tour.

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NEWS: Van Gaal to step down after World Cup

On Friday, Dutch national team coach Louis van Gaal stated his intention to retire after next year’s World Cup in Brazil.

The ever revolving managers door must have the KNVB’s head spinning as they have to go back to drawing board and search for yet another successor. Van Gaal, 61, has grown tired of international management and the constraints it brings, but states that he misses club football.

This is Van Gaal’s second spell in charge of the Oranje after replacing Bert van Marwijk in May 2012, and he has coached Holland to top of their UEFA European World Cup qualification group ahead of the Brazil 2014 finals.

Van Gaal will end his second spell as Oranje coach in 2014

Speaking in a press conference ahead of his side’s summer trip to Asia: ”I took over as national coach with the ambition of going to a World Cup or a European Championship. It is something I have not achieved before and once I have achieved this I will leave.”.

“I am constantly having to borrow other coach’s players, and this is something I do not enjoy. I miss the opportunity working with players on a daily basis and at the end of the day I would like to return to this.”

Full retirement may well be on his agenda too when asked if a return to club football is in his future he replied: “Not unless a nice Premier League side comes along… If that happens, I will have to discuss it with my wife.”

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NEWS: Van Gaal calls up new blood for Oranje

Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal has included four newcomers and recalled Everton’s veteran defender John Heitinga, when naming his 21-man squad on Wednesday afternoon. The Oranje travel to Asia for friendly internationals against Indonesia and China.

Oranje coach Louis van Gaal giving four newcomers a chance to make an impression for future squads

Van Gaal is without 12 regulars in his squad as they have been called up to the Dutch Under-21 squad to play in the UEFA Under-21 European Championships in June in Israel. Heracles Almelo midfielder Lerin Duarte, Feyenoord left-back Miquel Nelom, Swansea City defender Dwight Tiendalli and Utrecht midfielder Jens Toornstra have been selected as the Netherlands play Indonesia in Jakarta on June 7 before they travel to Beijing to face China four days later.

English Premier League club Swansea (managed by Michael Laudrup) have three players in the 21-man squad with goalkeeper Michel Vorm, midfielder Jonathan De Guzman (on-loan from Villarreal) and uncapped Tiendalli all been included.

Ajax reserve goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen, also uncapped is part of the squad as well. However, for Cillessen it was not his first call-up, because he also was part of the Dutch team which played internationals in Brazil and Uruguay in 2011. The Ajax goalie is replacing usual Dutch number one, Tim Krul of Newcastle United who is recovering from a dislocated shoulder. The injury is due to keep the Magpie’s ‘keeper out of action until September after his recent surgery to correct the problem.

The Dutch squad for the Asia trip is not the strongest possible, because the Dutch Football Association (the KNVB) preferred all eligible players to play at the European U21 Championships from June 5 to June 18 in Israel. Luuk de Jong, Jordy Clasie, Kevin Strootman, Stefan de Vrij, Bruno Martins Indi and Adam Maher are all part of the Under 21 set-up.

Van Gaal has called up experienced stars like captain Wesley Sneijder, Robin van Persie, Dirk Kuyt, Rafael van der Vaart and Arjen Robben for the trip to Asia.

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Full Netherlands Squad to play Indonesia and China

Goalkeepers: Jasper Cillessen (Ajax), Kenneth Vermeer (Ajax), Michel Vorm (Swansea City)

Defenders: John Heitinga (Everton), Daryl Janmaat (Feyenoord), Miquel Nelom(Feyenoord),Erik Pieters (PSV), Dwight Tiendalli (Swansea City), Ron Vlaar (AstonVilla)

Midfielders: Lerin Duarte (Heracles Almelo), Jonathan de Guzman (S wansea City), Siem de Jong (Ajax), Wesley Sneijder (Galatasaray), Jens Toornstra (FC Utrecht), Rafaelvan der Vaart (Hamburg)

Forwards: Dirk Kuyt (Fenerbahce), Jeremain Lens (PSV), Robin van Persie (Manchester United), Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich), Ruben Schaken (Feyenoord),Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Sporting Lisbon/Norwich City)

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